Criminal Psychology Level 3

The role of the criminal (or forensic) psychologist is becoming increasingly popular for people choosing a career.  This home study course in criminal psychology is diverse, interesting and challenging, it is designed for anyone interested in the psychology of crime and learning more about the use of psychology in crime, its detection and prevention. 

The Criminal aspect of Psychology is often one of the most popular – Studying and observing the criminal’s mind for intentions, thoughts and aberrant behaviour.

“When another person makes you suffer, it is
because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over.  He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he
is sending.” ―
Thích Nhất Hạnh

This course could be for personal interest or to improve your knowledge for work purposes. The course is relevant for solicitors, lawyers, law enforcement personnel, security workers, prison workers, teachers and trainers and anyone interested in learning more about criminal behaviour and how it can arise. If you are interested in criminal behaviour and want to help offenders make positive changes, then this course is ideal for you.

On this Criminal Psychology Level 3 course you will:

  • Recognise how different research methods can help us research criminal behaviours
  • Recognise how criminal psychology can help convicted criminals
  • Understand how psychology can help us to understand why some people turn to crime

An increasingly popular career choice, you'll learn about the psychology of crime, its detection and prevention.
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At your own pace

Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

Unlimited Tutor Support ™

Get as much help as you want from your personal course tutor via phone and email.

Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications
Our course ref: X350

NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK.  Over 340,000 thousand students were awarded certification by NCFE last year through over 2,000 colleges and training providers nationally. With a heritage stretching back over 150 years,.

Study Hours

Up to 90 hours which is around 30 minutes per day for 6 months.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours.  This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments.  Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded a formal certificate of achievement by NCFE.  The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information
Level 3
Entry requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.
Section 1
Introduction to Criminal Psychology
  • Defining criminal psychology
  • Scope of criminal psychology
  • Roles of the criminal psychologist

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start.  However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

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The information provided is very good and the assignments really make you think. Coupled with constructive marking, which I believe is a little on the conservative side, I am really enjoying this course. It’s well structured and i never feel isolated.

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